August 12, 2013 Subject:
One of the best classic horror movies I've seen in a long time. It even has a plot!
July 3, 2012 Subject:
Dead Men Walk
I'm coming to it very late in life, but i am becoming a huge George Zucco fan.
July 24, 2011 Subject:
July 24, 2011 Subject:
Best quality available
Anywhere I believe - certainly the MPEG2 has immeasurably better picture and sound than the hapless Alpha DVD. Obviously low budget movie but good atmosphere and the 64 minute running time flies by. Recommended!
October 30, 2010 Subject:
Best copy on the archive
This is the copy to watch -- the other one has a grainy, pixelated texture. The film is not a classic, but Zucco and the always wonderfully crazed Dwight Frye make it hard to resist. A strange script with a vampire that does very little killing and so little vampire lore it could have been a ghost story. (And, as usual, dumb townspeople who get in the way.) It reminded me of Lugosi's Return of the Vampire, also from '43
February 14, 2010 Subject:
Talk about a sibling rivalry!
Twins, one of whom is a vampire, are well played George Zucco in a dual role. A middle-aged Dwight Frye is fun in his accustomed role as the vampire's henchman. The rest of the cast is adequate. Low budget yet, typical of PRC, the sets are well done. The plot is a bit shaky at times, but it's made up for by some highly atmospheric scenes that lead to an intense climax. The bottom line is fun for classic vampire fans. For others, not so much. FOOTNOTE: More George Zucco fun can be found here at the Archive in "The Flying Serpent," "The Black Raven," "Fog Island," "Who Killed Doc Robin" "Arrest Bulldog Drummond" and "Scared to Death." They're probably are others as well.
October 11, 2009 Subject:
It's To Laugh....Prunella...
Actors Paying The Rent Here!.........Pure Tripe!
April 15, 2009 Subject:
This is basically a good twin/ bad twin movie with poor George Zucco playing both leads. The good twin is a self-righteous doctor; the bad twin is a vampire. There is an incestuous aspect that plays into an overall moralistic tone and drives the plot. The story moves along tediously to a predictable conclusion.
I downloaded the largest MPEG4 file available. Dark scenes showed considerable pixelation, but the video and audio are OK overall.
Reviewer:Fireball Steve Zodiac
January 2, 2009 Subject:
good old style vampire movie
George Zucco is great, he has this disarming way of simply stating what's apparent and not giving any information away so he's very believable as both actor and as a character making a lie. Regarding the comment about hunchbacks below, we don't see them as much today because the conditions that create it are preventable (mostly) and curable (mostly), so as this technology has evolved the presence of people like this in our society has become less so. In the days when this film was made, rich people had servants (many still do duh), and some made servants of people like this (some were even family but meant to be hidden) who could never fend for themselves if left to their own and for various other esoteric reasons as well. And of course in days of Kings and Queens and inbreeding of royal families quite often birth defects crept in like bleeding that wouldn't stop aka hemaphelia (not sure if I spelled that right), and other defects. History is full of the stories of those families and the problems they had. In a way, this is a parody of Beowulf and Grendle without the family in-breeding causing the evil dynamic to occur. A twist to the typical family that is cursed tale. And it only made sense when creating the vampire genre at the time it was created to use familiar family problems as a backdrop to the telling of a vampire story, it was logical and also believable and therefore scarier because it had the sense of being familiar to it, yet it was a surprise that had never been seen before. Having said that, certainly Dracula pre-dates this movie and we don't see any real difference from a typical hunted monster, mass mob chase at the end -storyline. So really it's a nice Hollywood cop out to the vampire genre featuring George Zucco and making a buck on an old theme with new places, characters and not much else.
August 14, 2007 Subject:
Hadn't heard of George till watched Horror Hotel. Actually is a splendid actor. Neither film is exceptional overall, but he has a knack for holding your attention. Good quality copy also. Interesting sound.
January 22, 2007 Subject:
One for Zuccco fans.
George Zucco is on great form is his dual role as the evil Zombie seeking revenge on his good brother. The rest of the cast and the script are nothing special but, when Zucco is so good, who cares.
December 13, 2006 Subject:
What is it with hunchbacks in old movies?
Lots of old dialogue too that you can almost say before the characters.
Not a good movie for you "creatures of the light".
"You'll pray for death before you..." see the end of this movie.
November 23, 2006 Subject:
i wanna to see it 1st